used to express discomfort, surprise, or dismay
I once watched a highlight reel of Tyson knockouts with a roomful of intoxicated medical students who punctuated every blow with phrases like "Oof! I can't believe that dude's sternum didn't just collapse."Diane Vadino

Word History

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oof was in 1777

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Cite this Entry

“Oof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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